Science fiction builds mental resiliency in young readers

Fantasy fiction provides more than escapism for young readers.

Esther Jones, Associate Professor of English, affiliate with Africana Studies and Women's & Gender Studies, Clark University • conversation
May 11, 2020 ~8 min

Tags:  hubble-space-telescope  science-fiction  fantasy-literature  speculative-fiction  book-censorship

Mothers behind bars nurture relationships with visitors in this unusual prison garden

About half of incarcerated women in the United States are mothers to children under age 18. Natural spaces within a prison can help maintain their mother-child bonds.

Julie Stevens, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, Iowa State University • conversation
May 8, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: children mental-health prisons nature plants green-space jails parents landscape-architecture female-prisoners prisoners mothers prison-design jail green-spaces moms

When baby planets melt

MIT scientists identify first magmas generated in solar system’s building blocks, unexpectedly answering questions about meteorites and formation of rocky planets.

Laura Carter | School of Science • mit
May 7, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: school-of-science eaps space astronomy-and-planetary-science solar-system planetary-science earth-and-atmospheric-sciences venus mars mercury research

Touching the asteroid Ryugu revealed secrets of its surface and changing orbit

It is a pretty spectacular achievement to not only rendezvous with an asteroid as it is whizzing around the Sun but also collect a sample. Here's what the researchers learned.

Paul K. Byrne, Associate Professor of Planetary Science, North Carolina State University • conversation
May 7, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  astronomy  space  nasa  asteroid  hayabusa

An astronaut got a blood clot in space – now our study shows how to best protect crew

Female astronauts may be better off avoiding combined hormonal contraceptive pills to control their periods in space, according to new research.

Varsha Jain, Visiting Researcher at the Centre of Human and Aerospace Physiological Sciences, King's College London • conversation
May 7, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: space-flights astronauts menstruation international-space-station

Tom Cruise: Filming in space and four of his other memorable stunts

The actor is well known for his daring stunts, but this takes things to another level.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
May 6, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: film tom-cruise international-space-station nasa

Scientists explain magnetic pole's wanderings

The North Magnetic Pole has been racing across the top of the world, from Canada towards Siberia.

By Jonathan Amos • bbcnews
May 5, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: geology earth-science canada space-exploration european-space-agency

Study: Life might survive, and thrive, in a hydrogen world

When searching for extraterrestrial life, astronomers may want to look at planets with hydrogen-rich atmospheres.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
May 4, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: astronomy astrophysics biology bacteria eaps exoplanets kavli-institute planetary-science research space astronomy-and-planetary-science space-exploration school-of-engineering school-of-science

Solar wind flows in ‘switchbacks and spikes’

The Parker Solar Probe data clarifies the sun's magnetic activity—and may bolster our ability to predict dangerous solar wind events, researchers say.

Jim Lynch-Michigan • futurity
May 1, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: science-and-technology nasa solar-wind space sun

The Sun: study shows it's less active than sibling stars – here's what that could mean

Has the Sun entered a stage of old age?

Andrew Norton, Professor of Astrophysics Education, The Open University • conversation
April 30, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: exoplanets stars stellar-evolution the-sun solar-flare space-weather coronal-mass-ejection

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